Cheap ramen doesn’t always mean the plastic-packaged and ready-to-eat type. Yes, we know it’s good enough to buffer your craving—and this ghastly weather isn’t helping at all—but nothing beats slurping that distinct savory goodness that only our favorite bowl of Japanese noodles has.
If you can’t wait until payday to get your ramen fix, or you just wanna save some bucks on food (because God knows how much you spend on calories), check out these hole-in-the-wall restos for a cheap gastronomic thrill. We promise, nothing’s over P300, so you can spare a bit of cash for some good ol’ gyoza.
Yatai Yakitori Ramen
Starts at P65
Now this one looks like a ramen kiosk you can spot on the narrow streets of Shinjuku. It’s extremely tiny, but its seats are always filled. For the price of P65 per bowl, you may not be expecting much, but the broth’s got that strong flavor you’ll savor. The only downside is it comes in small servings—but for what it’s worth, you can always go for seconds! Now the waiting time here can get bad, but that’s how you know the ramen’s really good.
Yatai Yakitori Ramen has branches in Antipolo, Congressional, Amoranto, Pampanga, Taytay, and Tomas Morato.
Erra’s Ramen Cart
Starts at P90
No website. No social media presence. No fancy restaurant. But word about Erra’s Ramen Cart in Malate has quickly spread and has gained tons of loyal foodies, all thanks to its all-affordable menu. Plus, this place is open 24 hours. You can count on them for that late-night post-inuman chow session.
Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila
Starts at P120
If creamy and milky broth is what you live for, Ramen Kuroda is your best bet. We thank the ramen gods this Japanese joint is also popping up in more malls, letting ramen enthusiasts satisfy their cravings for less. Their chashu is no joke, too!
Click this link for branches.
Tamagoya Food House
Starts at P160
Tamagoya Food House is a hidden gem in the Marikina-Antipolo area. Here you can get a taste of authentic Japanese recipes on a budget. You might be surprised that their ramen broth is a little thicker than most, but its silky and creamy texture will convert you into a believer.
Hon. Benito Soliven Ave., Antipolo, Rizal
Kaijo Steaks and Ramen
Starts at P190
Everybody who has tried Kaijo raves about the zing of their Tantanmen ramen. For fans of spice, you’ll be delighted by their bowl’s distinct hotness, paired with thick noodles and well-grilled meat. We heard you shouldn’t leave without trying their Crazy Maki.
41 Gloria Diaz Street, BF Resort, Talon, Las Piñas City
Happon Ramen House
Starts at P200
This is the ramen place where you can get way more than what you pay for. Their ramen meal lets you choose your favorite type of ramen, gyoza or karaage, and a cup of white rice, all for just P248!
70 Cepeda St. cor. Col. Divino St., Concepcion Uno, Marikina City
My Own Ramen
Starts at P250
Handmade noodles, flavorful soup, and a hearty serving. What more can you ask for? At My Own Ramen, you can customize your bowl of noodles any way you want it. The choice of meat, richness of broth, and texture of noodles all depends on your mood and preference. But might we suggest adding in some wagyu cubes in your traditional bowl of ramen?
1751 Mabini Street, Malate, Manila